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Sep 12, 2018

Ep. 35. "Private Message" saw a lot of iterations in its lifespan as an Album 5 Demo. It's been a Weezer demo written by Rivers Cuomo, a demo re-worked with piano, a demo re-worked as acoustic, a song given to Brian Bell and The Relationship, and then a song stripped down and re-born as a Brian Bell original. John walks you through every step of this song's lifespan on today's show.


1. "Private Message" (April 2002 demo) on YouTube

2. "Private Message" (July 2, 2002 demo) is unavailable at this time.

3. "Private Message" (July 16, 2002 demo) on YouTube

4. "Private Message" (acoustic demo) on YouTube

5. "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" on Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

6. "Hand to Hold" on YouTube

7. "Why Bother?" on Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

8. "Why Bother?" (Live) on YouTube

9. "It's Easy" on YouTube


1. "Private Message" at

2. "Hand to Hold" is unavailable at this time.

3. "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" at

4. "Why Bother?" at

5. "It's Easy" at


1. "Private Message" at Weezerpedia

2. Album 5 Demos at Weezerpedia

3. Office Demos at Weezerpedia

4. "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" at Weezerpedia

5. "Why Bother?" at Weezerpedia

6. Songs from the Black Hole at Weezerpedia

7. Brian Bell at Weezerpedia

8. The Relationship at Weezerpedia

9. "It's Easy" at Weezerpedia

10. "Hand to Hold" at Weezerpedia